Former US intelligence chief returns to ANU

Monday, September 24, 2018 — Prominent former US intelligence chief Jim Clapper has returned to The Australian National University (ANU) as a visiting Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Professor.

Mr Clapper has commenced his second term in residence at the ANU National Security College (NSC), following a successful first visit last year.

This year’s visit will include engagement with senior policymakers and security practitioners, as well as academics, students and corporate partners in NSC’s work.

These discussions will range across issues such as intelligence, leadership, cyber security, foreign interference, the protection of democratic institutions and the future of global order.

There will be a focus on mentoring next-generation security thinkers, guest lectures in the Master of National Security Policy program, and a masterclass for Australian Government officials.

Mr Clapper will speak at ANU on 4 October at the Australian launch for his recent book Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence. His book charts a 50-year career in US intelligence, right up to what it was like seeing the foundations of US democracy undermined in the 2016 Presidential election and beyond.

“I am thrilled and honoured to be associated with the ANU National Security College. The NSC is a centre of excellence for the study of national security, not only in Australia but globally. It is a source of future professionals in the national security realm for Australia,” Mr Clapper said

Professor Rory Medcalf, Director of the ANU National Security College, said the visit confirmed the College’s unique role in teaching, research and policy.

Mr Clapper is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force and from 2010 to January 2017 was Director of National Intelligence, the Cabinet-level official in charge of the US intelligence community.

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